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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Door to Door Organics Review and Contest

While I am usually a paying subscriber Door to Door Organics offered me a gift certificate to cover my box and some shop items in exchange for a review. The opinions are my own. 

I have been a paying subscriber to Door to Door Organics for about two years. I can't say enough good things about this subscription. You can choose Weekly or Bi-Weekly as well as the size of the box. Boxes can be fruit, veggies, or mixed and are sized are priced as follows:

Bitty $26.99
Small $33.99
Medium $38.66

Large $55.66

All local boxes are available for a slightly higher price. Delivery is included. They choose produce and send me an email on Friday for Wednesday delivery. I have until Tuesday at noon to make any substitutions. I've also created a list of produce to never include.

This review is for the Bitty Mixed box with some extras purchased from the shop. You must have a box order before you can order from the shop but you can just get the box as well. 

 This is the Bitty Box contents. A pomegranite, Organic Girl Spinach, 2 pears, 2 bananas, 1 lb. of potatoes, a cucumber and 2 apples. Along with the packing slip listing the contents of the box. As you can see the produce is of excellent quality. There have only been two occasions that I received something in less than excellent condition. Both times my account was credited for the item.

More recently Door to Door has expanded their shop of natural and organic items to include a wider range of grocery type items. I have previously bought a few items from the shop but took a much closer look to share with all of you.
The shop is broken down in to sections: Produce, Meat & Fish, Dairy, Bakery, Meals & Deli, Beverages, Pantry and Restock (this last section will show you items you have previously ordered).
For the most part the sections are pretty self explanatory. I did have a few minor difficulties navigating the store. Frozen entrees were a little tricky to find. They didn't appear under meals nor deli. I actually found them by accident. You can always search for something if you know the name of the item. Fizzy drinks were also not with the bottled drinks where I expected them to be. I ended up searching for Izze by name.

 As to the items that I chose...
 Half Time $4.69 I like to think of this as an organic version of the deli lunch packages various companies have. Much tastier choice!
 Izze $1.19 I thought this was a good choice because these are available in a number of other stores. The price is comparable to here and they are delivered to my door. This sparkling juice was delicious as it is when I buy it elsewhere.

Local radishes 2.99 These were an add on but I may have taken a picture of them solo anyway. I don't think I've ever seen a prettier radish. Oh and they taste as good as they look.

Spinach & Roasted Garlic Crackers $3.99 and Mindoro Gorgonzola $4.99 (8 oz.) Anyone who knows me won't be surprised when I say these crackers needed more garlic. When something says garlic I REALLY want to taste garlic. This was a mild flavor. Spinach is listed first and it's definitely the dominant flavor. Fortunately I really like spinach and therefore these crackers. I can't say enough good things about this Gorgonzola cheese! I wonderful flavor and a comparable price to artisan cheeses at grocery stores that carry them.

Chorizo $5.99 It's really hard to make frozen meat look good in a picture. You'll have to trust me when I say it looks great! This was packaged separately with the other frozen items below and packaged with ice packs to keep it cold.

Quinoa burgers $5.99 and Spinach and Roasted Tomato Frozen Egg White Frittata $4.49 I can't decide which of these I liked better! Great veggie burger taste with the extra protein of quinoa, excellent! the best part might be that they actually recommend a few cycles in the toaster over microwaving. Now that's convenience. The Frittata stood in for breakfast for me one morning with a piece of fruit. I could equally taste the spinach and the roasted tomato. The egg whites were fluffy. I'll be getting this again.

There was one more item that I ordered that I was really hoping to get but alas they ran out. It was the Chai sample for $ .35 for 2 ounces. Yes door to door had a drink that was packaged TSA friendly! :-) They did include the note below and I was not charged the amount of the chai. Oh well, maybe next time.

While many of the store items may be available at other stores, you can't beat the convenience of door step delivery. And at comparable prices. And the produce is some of the best I've seen. Everything is well packaged and reasonably protected. In addition, I leave a cooler out to protect the items in hot and cold months.

As I mentioned above, Door to Door has given me the chance to give one lucky reader a $50 gift card to use on a subscription and store items. Enter by emailing me at this link or at southsubmom at gmail dot com with subject Door to Door by October 31st. Good Luck!

Monday, October 13, 2014

Door to Door Organics CONTEST!

Door to Door Organics is offering $10 off for any first time customers who use the link above to sign up. They have also offered one lucky winner (new or current customer) a $50 gift card that can be used toward a box delivery and any store add ons (you must order a box to add store items.) Email me at southsubmom at gmail dot com to enter the drawing before November 1st.. A winner will be announced on or shortly after Nov. 1. Good Luck! Feel free to head to their web site to verify delivery to your zip code. Door to Door Organics
I have been a subscriber to Door to Door for a couple of years. The produce is always organic and always excellent. Because it's the Chicago area there is only a local option for produce in the summer months. Many items in the shop come from local sources and are available year round (bread, cheese, milk etc.) I'll be posting a full review of the selection and shopping process very shortly (later today or tomorrow.) Don't forget to enter for the gift certificate southsubmom at gmail dot com.

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Popsugar Must Have - March 2014

Popsugar is $39.95 a month, including shipping. Depending on your state, there may be sales tax. I purchased this subscription myself. If you use the link, you can help me get a free box!
Overall Popsugar is one of my favorite subscription boxes. Especially months like this one. Not necessarily items I would purchase for myself but everything will get used. That is my goal in a subscription box.
Dogeared Lucky Horseshoe Make a Wish Necklace This is so cute! It’s on a string that has a clasp like a regular necklace. You are supposed to make a wish and put the necklace on and wear it until the string breaks. I’ve heard these strings can last ages though, and besides I don’t want to lose the little horse shoe so I may find a gold chain for this.

ActiveForever Fusion Exercise Ball My last exercise ball from PopSugar was confiscated by a cute little 3 year old girl. She shares my house so I see it sometimes. Once in a while I’m even allowed to use it. So another exercise ball was welcome. And this one easily inflates and deflates with a straw like piece that it came with. This should be great for travel. Apparently there are exercises to use it with on the PopSugar blog but I haven’t gotten that far as the cute little pink ball has gone to join it’s bigger sibling in the toys. I do like the feel of the ball and will keep trying to use it!

Harvest Snaps Snapea Crisps These weren't exactly new to me since I've tried the Trader Joe's version many times. These were really good. A nice crunchy and salty snack.

Nature's Bakery strawberry fig bar  Speaking of things I frequently buy at Trader Joe's. I have a 3 year old  fig bar connoisseur. These didn't get her approval because they also had strawberry in them. I however really enjoyed them. The only drawback is that this is two servings.  It's not as filling as it should be for the calories. But into the treat pile for sure.

Bauble Bar elephant ring tree This might be my favorite item in the box! It's adorable and looks perfect in the guest bathroom. He doesn't have any rings on him but he's still fun to look at.
Brokedown  blue Ikat scarf This is a close second for favorite item in this box. I love the color. And now I'm off to figure out how to wear all these scarves I've gotten recently!

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

My Ireland Box - March 2014

***After this review went live I was notified by My Ireland Box customer service that I, in fact, received the regular My Ireland Box in error. So this review is actually for the Standard My Ireland Box NOT the Mini. Stay tuned for April for that! 

I'm way behind in posting reviews but I wanted to get this one up because it was not easy for me to find a review of the Mini version of the My Ireland Box when  was considering it. I love the idea of My Ireland Box but at 41.70 a month it's a little out of my price range. Then they introduced the Mini! At 24.32 plus shipping it's a bit more affordable. Ireland has a special place in my heart, even though I've only been once (so far.) Until I get back this will do nicely.
 I have to say that their shipping was excellent. I had a package ship the infamous SmartPost the same day from the east coast and this box got here the same day, and it went through customs!
So on to the box...

The box includes a card that has background info on each of the artists and their items in the box.

The first item  was this cute tote bag. As the mother of a not quite 4 year old, I can always use another bag. And this one is just too cute. Not to mention soft!

Ok how cute is this guy? And he has 3 friends with him in his box. Napkin rings that are made from Irish felt. I was skeptical about how well felt napkin rings would hold up until I took this out of the box. They are easily twice as thick as I imagined. These will last for a while. And they store flat. Definitely a bonus.

I love this magnet! It's a perfect little reminder of some of the many small towns I visited when I was there.

Barry's Tea, the taste of home. No I'm not from Ireland, but I've never felt more at home than when I was there. I enjoy tea frequently so maybe that's why I felt at home. Even the pubs think nothing of you asking for tea, and more often than not it was Barry's.

A great first box! I'm already counting the days until my next one comes. Do you love Ireland or know someone who does? This is your box.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Amatuer Traveler Book Review - Anvil of God

Earlier this year I had the opportunity to review another book for the Amatuer Traveler web site. A dense but good read. Just a warning though, it's the first in a series.
The full review is here

Saturday, January 11, 2014

The adventure of (someone else's) travel!

Drive Nacho Drive was a great adventure tale that happens to be real life! The full review is at Amateur Traveler's web site